CLS400 Advanced Paramedic Medical Emergencies (8)


This subject aims to extend the students' knowledge and clinical skills required for the care of patients experiencing acute health emergencies, particularly cardiovascular and respiratory emergencies. Students will need to integrate pathophysiological principles and assessment findings to implement advanced life support (ALS) care for the patient with medical emergencies, including the management of obstetric, neonatal and paediatric emergencies.

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Session 1
DistanceBathurst Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: CLS400
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Biomedical Sciences

Assumed Knowledge

APS401 Prehospital Pharmacology or equivalent A practical understanding of medical maths and medication administration and experience with attaining and interpreting a basic ECG.

Enrolment restrictions

Graduate Diploma of Clinical Practice (Paramedic).

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to
  • - demonstrate knowledge of the pathophysiology of acute medical emergencies in neonates, children, and adults
  • - articulate the correlations between the recognition of signs and symptoms and the consequent clinical management;
  • - discuss and justify both the theoretical and practical management of selected medical emergencies.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • 1) Infectious and communicable diseases, allergies, anaphylaxis, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease;
  • 2) Diseases of haematological, gastrointestinal, renal, and endocrine systems;
  • 3) Cardiovascular emergencies;
  • 4) Neurological emergencies.
  • 5) Obstetrical emergencies
  • 6) Neonatal and paediatric emergencies


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.